Alps class have again blown me away with their art work today. We spent the majority of the day drawing, collaging and creating a class materpiece called 'Spring'. The children worked on their own individual daffodils and then worked in groups to collage the background. We placed our daffodils onto our canvas to create our finished piece. Please please come and admire our artwork which is on our door for all to see. Well done Alps class!
Alps class produced some wonderful observational drawings of a jug of flowers. I am incredibly proud of their hard work and the detail they put into their pictures. They are on display for you all to admire. Well done Alps class!
Alps class have been enjoying books and playing lots of reading games this week. They have really impressed me! We also read a letter written to the class from a paleontologist who has set us lots of challenges to complete in the next few weeks. It will be lots of fun!
The children had a wonderful time on Shrove Tuesday making and eating pancakes. We wrote and followed the instructions for our recipe and enjoyed choosing different toppings for our pancakes. We had a lovely time understanding why Christians have Shrove Tuesday and what the meaning of Lent is.
Happy St. David's Day! The children have had great fun learning about St David and writing about the national day of Wales. We have talked about the wonderful beaches, scenery and welsh culture. We even mastered saying hello in Welsh. Thank you Alps class for a great week.
The children have been on a senses walk around our school and identifying things we can touch, taste, smell, see and hear. Potty Joy came to visit us and we had great fun using our bodies to make fossils in clay! We have been working in tens and ones in numeracy and writing about our 'Dinosaur Hunt' throughout the week.
Welcome back after a lovely half term. The children have been 'Going on a Dinosaur Hunt' and created the whole story themselves outside. We re-enacted it and found the dinosaur in the cave at the end. The children have been having a wonderful time.
Have a wonderful half term Alps class! Thank you to all the children for their hard work this half term. I am proud of every single one of you. A big thank you to all the parents and carers for their continued support. Enjoy the break and see you all in 10 sleeps!
The children had a wonderful time with Reverend Sid learning about baptism. They reenacted one in church and then the children baptised their toys. It was a amazing experience. A huge thank you to Reverend Sid for his continuous support of Alps class and our school.
Alps class had a wonderful bible lesson from Reverend Nigel this morning. The children read 'Jonah and the Whale' and the importance of following our Christian values. The children shared prayers together. I want to thank Reverend Nigel for the time he spent with the children who all thoroughly enjoyed his visit.
Happy Chinese New Year! Alps class have been learning about the celebration and the reason it is the year of the pig. We have been reading about the race the 12 animals had and how the rat won! We have had some wonderful craft activities but our favourite was making Chinese lanterns which we tried hard to write Chinese writing on. We also had a great time with the glitter! Happy New Year everyone!
'Potty Joy' has been visiting Alps class every Friday afternoon this term and the children have been learning so much from her about sculpture and clay. They were very excited today to see their finished dinosaurs that they designed and made themselves. I am very proud of all of them. Can you see your dinosaur in the pictures? Next week the children will be creating volcanoes from clay. We are very excited!
Alps class had an egg-citing (sorry!) start to the week with a visit from some chickens! The children have been learning about which animals come from eggs and the visit helped our topic work. We discovered how a baby chick grows inside an egg and what yummy food uses eggs too. The children also had a STEM challenge all afternoon. The garden paths had turned into lava from an erupting volcano and we had to help the dinosaurs cross by working in groups to make stable bridges. The children were fantastic and the results were amazing. Well done Alps class!
It is Australia Day today! Alps class have been celebrating Australia Day with an amazing amount of fun activities. I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Bray for coming into the class and talking about living and working in Australia. Alps class were treated to 3 amazing videos from their family and friends who sent personal messages to Alps class and showed them around their beaches, school and favourite places. It was very touching and I am extremely grateful. The children have spent the day learning about Australian animals, looking about maps and learning about their flag and anthem. We have made aboriginal art work and have even been cooking Anzac biscuits. A fantastic day. Happy Australia Day everyone!
Alps class have enjoyed another dinosaur filled week. They have been measuring dinosaur footprints, ordering bones by length, looking at fossils and creating them in playdough. The children have been making their own dinosaurs in continuous provision and making mud fossils in the mud kitchen. We had a wonderful visit from Reverend Sid who taught us about Noah and supported our maths learning. The children have been learning about Lyme Regis, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and have loved learning new dinosaur names. A fun packed week!
Alps class had a wonderful afternoon making salt dough fossils. They are fantastic!
Welcome back to an exciting new term! The children have already been fully involved in our topic of 'Dinosaurs'. They have been palaeontologists in our new role play area searching for fossils and bones. In science we are trying to find out what classification a dinosaur is so we began investigating mini-beasts. The children went on a bug hunt around the school and found many mini beasts under rocks, leaves and in bushes. Miss Edwards and Miss Williams joined us today. Miss Williams is from our teaching school and will be staying for the spring term. Miss Edwards is our new teaching assistant and is replacing Mrs Jones. We are really excited to have them with us!
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the children and parents in Alps class for a wonderful Autumn term together. We have had a brilliant time and have thoroughly enjoyed the topic of Superheroes. In the new term the children will be learning about Dinosaurs and will have some great fun! It is with huge sadness that the class said goodbye to Mrs Jones today. The children adore having her as our teaching assistant and we will miss her very much. Have a wonderful Christmas Alps class and a Happy New Year. See you all in January for more wonderful adventures together. I will miss you all over the holiday.
The children had a French multi cultural themed day today. They learnt all about how Christmas is celebrated in France and took part in a variety of activities which included making cards, door hangings, decorating chocolate logs and making houses for the nativity scene the whole school is creating. The children had a wonderful time and even learnt how to sing Jingle Bells in french during assembly. Joyeux Noel!
Alps class were amazing in their nativity performance! I was so incredibly proud of everyone of them and cannot believe how well they all learnt the words, signs and songs. Well done Alps from a very proud Mrs Frost!
Alps class had an amazing time today when the fire service came to visit us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Wayne, Greg, Peter and all the firefighters who spent all morning with not just our class, but the school, to talk about fire safety. They really brought our topic of 'real life superheroes' alive for us. The fire service taught our children that in a fire they should 'Get Out, Get the Fire Brigade Out and Stay Out'. They talked about the importance of smoke alarms and testing them regularly. The children also learnt about keeping low in a smokey room and feeling the door for heat. If the door feels hot don't open it but escape through a window by shouting Fire! The fire brigade would like to remind all parents to check for escape routes, check fire alarms and have their door keys by doors to escape easily. Thank you once more to our wonderful fire service.
Alps class have been very busy with nativity rehearsals. The nativity will be on Thursday 13th December at 10am and 1pm in the village hall. Please can we have any costume items in asap. Thank you. The children have also been preparing for the Christmas Fair by icing and decorating biscuits to sell. They have been very busy!
The children have been continuing to learn about our real life superheroes with a wonderful visit from heart surgeon Dr Sheikh. The children got to learn about how to keep their hearts healthy, the four chambers of the heart, how the blood is pumped around the body and how to live healthy lives. Dr Sheikh brought models of the heart, examples of blood that contains cholesterol and every child got to listen to each others hearts beating. I would like to say a HUGE thank you for the time Dr Sheikh took to teach Alps class about being a heart surgeon and we think he is a real life superhero!
The children were very excited to have real life superheroes visit our class today! They sat in the police vehicle, heard the siren, made the lights flash and even went in handcuffs! The children had written a wonderful set of questions to ask the officers and learnt a lot about the work they do. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to PC Justin Willis and PCSO Karen Capey for taking the time to visit Alps class today. We really do appreciate it.
The reception children have had a great time during continuous provision today. They have been matching numerals to their numicon, counting and writing numbers independently and writing speech bubbles for the superheroes on our writing table. Well done Alps!
In PE today we were learning different yoga positions and how to join them together. The children did really well. Maybe they could demonstrate some to you all at home?
I would like to thank all the parents who came to the maths open morning today and joined in with our part-part-whole learning. The children thoroughly enjoyed having you in class. I am sorry I did not take more photographs! The children have been continuing with our nativity rehearsals and our split diagraph work in sounds and letters. In church this week Reverend Sid gave the children a wonderful powerpoint presentation on the meaning of Advent and the significance of each of the 5 candles being lit. Have a wonderful weekend and see you all on Monday.
Welcome back to another exciting week. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. This week the children will be continuing with our topic on 'real life superheroes' by looking at the amazing work our fire brigade did in helping to put out the Royal Clarence Hotel fire two years ago. We will be working on reading and writing simple cvc words in reception and split diagraphs in year 1. The children will begin work on the nativity and have already begun learning the songs for our nativity performance next month. We have been trying on costumes and your child's part will be given out to them this week. It is very exciting!
It is Children In Need Day. The children look fantastic in their pyjamas!
The Cats Protection came to talk to Alps class about how to look after cats and the cats they have in their care. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning how to comb and brush a cat properly, what to feed them and how to keep them healthy.
Alps class finished our Diva Lamps for our Diwali celebrations. The children really enjoyed painting and decorating the clay they had made the previous week. We have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful festival of light.
We have been learning about real life superheroes and I am extremely grateful to Dr Esson for taking the time again to visit Alps class and teach them about the role of a surgeon. The children adored dressing up as surgeons, patients and nurses and learning how to stitch up wounds using bananas! The children learnt so much and had such a wonderful afternoon. Thank you Dr Esson. We think you are a real life superhero!
The children have been enjoying learning about our police and fire service and the real life superheroes that work there. They have been rescuing numbers from burning flames, been in the jail role play and writing fire acrostic poetry. The older children have been taking part in lots of paired maths games. This week we have been celebrating Diwali and have been drawing beautiful Henna designs and making clay candle holders.
Alps class have enjoyed a fun packed phonics and reading session today. We have been playing high frequency word bingo and the phoneme frame game. The children worked hard in their pairs or groups. We have also been busy learning the words and signs for our remembrance service song for Friday. We cannot wait to share it with you!
Superheroes are in charge of certain continents! The children have been learning about what a continent is and where in the world they are. We had lots of fun!
This half term our topic remains 'Superheroes' but our focus is on real life superheroes. This will include firefighters, the NHS, the police and the armed forces. We have been reading stories about firefighters and recreating them with costumes and props. We have then taken this into our continuous provision. The children have also been working hard on their tricky words and taking part in funky fingers each morning using the playdough. Finally the children have been learning about the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote. They have been sorting photographs of different occupations and finding out that lots of jobs were not available to anyone female in the past.
A big thank you to all the parents who came to Alps class open sharing afternoon. The children were really excited to show you all their hard work. Have a wonderful half term and I cannot wait to see you all on Tuesday 30th October.
The children absolutely loved our Harvest and Autumn work this afternoon and were amazed at what was inside a pumpkin. I think their faces say it all!
Today the children have enjoyed time reading and writing. They have especially loved having their Year 6 buddies read to them and share their love of stories and books.
In P.E lessons we have been playing lots of movement games and being the superheroes and the baddies! We have been learning to move into spaces and been practising our throwing and catching skills. The children have been trying so hard with getting changed especially those tricky buttons! Well done Alps.
The reception children have had great fun this week making superhero potions in the mud kitchen by following recipes and counting correctly. We have been using our fine motor skills to thread leaves and have been filling in the missing sounds on our chalkboards. Lots of fun!
The Harvest Festival is this week and the children have been busily rehearsing for the church service. They will be singing and signing a harvest song. We are looking forward to sharing it with you all.
Today was Healthy Eating Day. The children enjoyed learning about healthy foods and made a delicious snack for their play time. They had to cut up the fruits carefully themselves, spread the cream cheese and talk about the ways in which fruits and vegetables keep them healthy. I want to thank Dr Esson for coming to our class today and teaching the children about the importance of a healthy diet and how to keep their teeth clean. Dr Esson and Mrs Brushwell showed the children how to clean their teeth correctly and used mirrors to show the children how dirty their teeth had become after lunch. The children all brushed their teeth for 2 minutes and got to keep a toothbrush to take home. I am enormously grateful for the time Dr Esson gave to teach our children today.
We had a wonderful time on our Autumn walk collecting conkers and playing in the autumn leaves. Have a fantastic weekend Alps class. You have all worked really hard. See you for a magic Monday!
Fine motor skills, patterns, number recognition and counting! Lots of fun happened in Alps class today and I was proud of every single child. Great work reception children.
It was ICT superhero time! The year 1 children have been learning how to take selfies, send them to the printer and photocopy their image. They did a great job!
We need to make Herbert our Hedgehog a superhero outfit but what material should we use? The children had great fun testing out different materials on Herbert to find which ones are waterproof. Herbert stayed dry in rubber and plastic!
Alps have had a fantastic week! We have made superhero skyscraper pictures using our ipads, used nature to learn our sounds and letters, made magic superhero wands with our fine motor skills and have even been spiderman going over the 'laser' beams! The older children have enjoyed using multi link in their numeracy lessons and we have enjoyed outdoor music! A great week.
Alps class had a lovely Friday today. We had our buddies read with us and we had a fantastic art morning where we made our class display. I think it looks great! Can your child find their portrait?
The children have been learning about real life superheroes in history and we have been studying Martin Luther King. The children have worked incredibly hard and have produced amazing writing. The reception children have had great fun with the water pistols and have been shooting water at the superheroes around our outdoor provision that have the correct sounds on their tummy. Well done Alps!
Welcome to another exciting week for Alps class. The children have been learning the sounds s, a, t, p and are now moving on to i, n, m and d. In year 1 they have been busy revising ch, sh, th, and ng. We are now concentrating on ai. The children worked hard on their materials work in science. We hare learning about man-made and natural materials in order to design and create the best superhero outfit later this term. We sorted objects today.
Welcome to the start of a new school year! I am really excited to have your children and I am looking forward to the exciting learning that will take place. We have spent the first few days forming our new friendships, learning where everything is in our beautiful school, going to church and assembly for the first time and meeting our buddies from the older classes. The year 1 children have been so supportive and loving towards their new friends and the new children have settled in so well. I am very proud of them all. Our first topic of the year will be superheroes! I am very excited about our new superhero capes and have already been rescued by many children from the 'baddies' while in our role play. Lots of children have taken a huge interest in our plants and growing table too. Many thanks to all the lovely parents who have bravely left their children at school for the first time. They have all had a wonderful time.
We have had a great time learning about Pop Art this afternoon. The children were inspired by Andy Warhol and created these masterpieces. Fantastic!
Alps class had a fantastic time at St Lukes School. They took part in a wonderful sports filled morning with many other schools and learnt archery, long jump, hurdles and much more! They behaved beautifully and were a credit to the school. Well done Alps class!
The summer garden party is on Friday and the children are very excited! This year Alps class are making friendship bracelets to help us with our fine motor skills and talk about new friendships that will happen in September. I am really proud of all their hard work and perseverance in making them!
The children in reception had a lovely afternoon with their friends from Little Dragons who will be joining them in Alps class in September. We had singing and signing time, story time and parachute games in the garden. Another transition afternoon will happen on Thursday afternoon. I would also like to thank all the parents of our new intake for their hospitality on our home visits last week.
Alps class have been looking at famous portraits and we concentrated on the Mona Lisa. We spent along time looking at our own faces in mirrors and celebrating how everyone has different coloured eyes, skin and hair. The children have begun to make some wonderful self portraits. We have also been listening to calm meditation music and practised some yoga movements to cool and calm down to during our hot summer weather.
The children have enjoyed tasting and making different foods from around Europe this week. They have made their own Italian pizzas and tried cuisine from France, Poland, Germany and Spain. I am proud of them all for trying at least one new food!
The children have really enjoyed growing fruit and vegetables this half term and have had some fantastic results. Their beans have grown so well and we have had beautiful strawberries grow outside in our tubs. We had a great afternoon treat of eating the strawberries as a class. We also had a lovely music session singing summer songs. Have a lovely weekend everyone and next week will be European week!
Alps class have been learning about Australia and New Zealand this week and have been focusing on the different animals and creatures that live there. We have had a wonderful art filled afternoon using paint and cotton buds to make pictures. Can you tell what they have painted?
I was so proud of every single child in Alps class on our annual Sports Day. They all gave 100% and the day was a great success. Well done Alps class!
Alps class had a fantastic school trip to Knightshayes National Trust Gardens and allotments today. I was extremely proud of their behaviour, manners and how they listened so well to the ladies who talked about seeds, herbs, plants and vegetables. We made seed heads out of tights, tasted different freshly picked herbs, identified various vegetables, fruits and herbs and saw wonderful willow weaved animals. After lunch we had lots of fun in the grounds. Thank you to the parents who helped and for the children of Alps class who made the trip so much fun!
Alps class have had a busy few days enjoying the sunny weather. The reception children joined with their new friends who will be in Alps class in September for a shared afternoon full of fun and parachute games. We have continued our growing topic and watering our herbs and strawberry plants. The year 1 children have been encouraged to read in places they find relaxing and enjoyed time reading in the trees and garden.
Welcome to Asian week! The children have had a wonderful time looking at traditional Chinese recipes and making a Chinese stir fry dish. They got to cut up all the ingredients, cook them in a wok and eat the stir fry! They had a fantastic time. We will be learning about the cultural differences between here and Asia, finding out which countries are in Asia and learning about their traditions.
Kye Kye Kule
We are very excited to let everyone hear our version of the African song 'Kye Kye Kule'.
We had such an exciting day today when a helicopter landed behind our school! We could not resist going to investigate. Today we have had a wonderful time watching clips of traditional Kenyan dancers and learning a dance routine. We played African instruments and learnt a traditional African song.
The children have really enjoyed their African day today. The year 1 children have been researching the continent using ICT, books and fact cards and writing a fact sheet. The children have loved reading their new books on festivals and celebrations across Africa and were treated to beautiful traditional dresses brought in by one of their class members. This afternoon we have made stunning African animal pictures using colour mixing and black card. They are simply amazing!
Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable half term. The children are now focusing their learning on our planet Earth and will be visiting a continent each week. This week is Africa. We have really enjoyed listening to some wonderful traditional African music and have been using our book of the week 'Handa's Surprise' to order the story and write about it in detail. The children in reception have been making traditional boats out of leaves in the water tray and making their own safari. In year 1 the children have been comparing school life between our school and one in Kenya.
I would like to thank all the parents and carers who could make today's open sharing morning to celebrate all their children's work from this half term. It was lovely to see all the children feeling so proud of all they have achieved. I would like to thank all parents for their continued support this term and wish everyone a happy, sunny and safe half term break. See you all on Tuesday 5th June!
Alps class really enjoyed revising all that we have learnt about planets in our fun and interactive parachute games. They used the different balls to talk about each planet and tell each other how much they have remembered. They used the red ball to be Mars, the blue to be Neptune etc. We used the parachute to represent the sun and each child helped to put the balls in order from Mercury to Neptune and rotate them in position. We even had some lovely parachute games too!
The children in reception met with some of their new friends who will be joining them in Alps class in September. We played outside together in the sunshine and learnt everyone's names. There will be lots more opportunities in the next 2 months.
To celebrate the royal wedding tomorrow Alps class have had our outdoor afternoon themed around the big day. We used nature to make royal crowns using flowers, petals, herbs and leaves. We thought they would make wonderful presents for the royal couple. Have a wonderful weekend Alps class and enjoy the wedding, the Devon County Show, the Exeter Chiefs match or just the sunshine!
In circle time today the children had a surprise that had appeared in my sticker box. They had to close their eyes and wait for the surprise. It contained the most special and loved thing to their parents, family and God. Here are their reactions. I hope they can tell you what was hidden in the box!
I am so excited to show you the artwork the children did today! The children have been learning about the artist Kadinsky and we thought his circle paintings looked just like the solar system. The children worked so hard to recreate his work using paints and we listened to Holst's Planet Suite whilst painting. It was a lovely afternoon.
Alps class finished the week off with a musical performance! Next week the children will be focusing on non-fiction texts about Space. We will continue learning about our solar system and the planets and we will be looking at fishes and animals that live in the sea. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Alps class have had a fantastic day today with some wonderful pastel and oil crayon art. We have been studying the painting 'Starry Night' by Van Gogh and have learnt techniques to recreate the picture. The pictures were fantastic! I would also like to thank Mr and Mrs Roles for bringing in turtles for our reptile and amphibian fortnight. The children really enjoyed learning about them.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Bank Holiday. It is amphibian week this week and the children enjoyed meeting some tadpoles today and learning about how they differ from reptiles. We continued to learn about our planet Earth and are moving onto Mars and Jupiter this week. Our literacy focus is around the books of Oliver Jeffers and we have been looking into fractions in numeracy.
Alps class have had a wonderful few days with Pippin the tortoise. We have been learning how to care for a reptile and have even given him as bath! The children have been having great fun doubling numbers, continuing our work on arrays and number recognition. The children have made the tortoise a home out of junk modelling and have been researching planets with our friends in class 3. Well done Alps class.
We have finished our papier mache planets and the children voted on having the Earth one put on the website. They all felt that was the planet they were most proud of! The children have been reading alien words this week. It will be a big tortoise day tomorrow where we will be handling him and learning about how to keep him healthy. See you all tomorrow.
It is reptile week and we have a special visitor! A tortoise will be spending the week with us and we will be learning how to look after him. We are all very excited!
We have had another fantastic week in Alps class. We have been using the book 'Whatever Next' to make alien space helmets using pipe cleaners (our fine motor skills) and the colanders. We have painted our planet, imaginary planets and been treated to a slide show in the role play area. The children have been using their shape knowledge to make rockets and the year 1 children have been learning simple multiplication and division using counters and dice. We finished the week with our certificate presentation. Well done Alps class- I am always proud of you!
An alien landed at our school last night and lost his eggs! The children were amazed at the letter we received telling us to hunt for the alien babies. The children rang Mr Westwood to tell him this exciting news.Alps class found the alien eggs and made them a safe shelter out of the sun. We even found astronaut food to try! The aliens inside the eggs were all different shapes, colours and sizes. The class worked so hard as a team and produced some wonderful writing later in the day. The aliens will safely return to their planet tonight. Well done Alps class!
Alps class finished a fantastic first week back with a lovely PE lesson outside. I have started a weekly certificate award ceremony and our first winners proudly received their certificates for friendship, progress in different areas and for helping others. We finished the week by starting our papier mache planets. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Alps class went on a mini-beast hunt this afternoon. We were very excited to find so many under rocks and stones. We looked for them around our school garden and grounds. It was great fun!
Welcome to the summer term! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday. The children are learning about 'Aliens and Space' and have already had a fantastic outdoor afternoon cooking alien slime (melted chocolate and marsh mellows), hunting for aliens with magnifying glasses and torches, making aliens using nature and painting aliens on rocks and stones. We are learning about our solar system all half term and have ordered the planets. In literacy we are using the book 'Aliens love Underpants' and are writing asking for our pants back. The aliens will write back using incorrect punctuation and spelling and we will have to help them write it correctly! In numeracy the children will be continuing to count in 2's, 5's and 10's and use number lines for addition and subtraction.
Have a wonderful Easter holiday Alps class. We had a great last day of term with our Easter service and the Easter parade. See everyone for a brilliant and fun filled Summer Term where we will be learning about Aliens and Space!
It is Spring and Easter week and the children have been having a wonderful time learning about how to look after chicks. We have been making chicks for our Easter service as well as learning about the Easter Story. The year 1 children have produced some wonderful art work using their colour mixing skills. Well done Alps class!
A music trio visited us today to play us wonderful music from around the world. We were involved in singing, dancing and learning about the different sounds of multi-cultural instruments. We are very grateful to them for the marvellous experience.
This week is 'Princess and the Pea' week. The children have loved making pea soup in the mud kitchen for the princess and making her bed in Lego and with crates and blankets outside. We have been supporting our fine motor skills with different ways to pick up the peas in our tuff tray. The children have been using beans left by Jack and the Giant to write words containing their phase 3 sounds. We have been practising our Easter service song too. A busy week!
The children had a wonderful World Book Day today. Thank you to all the parents and carers for the huge amount of effort taken into the costumes. They all looked fantastic! The children enjoyed stories from all the teachers and even had a costume parade!